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Humboldt State University Receives Endowment Fund to Address Local Shortage of Nurses

Humboldt State University’s (HSU) RN-to-BSN Nursing program has received a $300,000 grant from the Orvamae Emmerson Endowment Fund of the Humboldt Area Foundation. The grant will support HSU’s nursing program, which is designed to address a severe local shortage of nurses and to meet the specific needs of the region’s rural communities.

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East Carolina University Awarded $2.79 Million Grant from HRSA

HRSA awarded a $2.79 million grant to East Carolina University’s College of Nursing that will allow the school to create the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) Academic-Clinical Practice Collaborative.

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UIC Nursing Receives $1 Million Gift for Simulation Lab

The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing has received a $1 million gift from Juanita and Phil Francis to create the Nita & Phil Francis Family Birthing Suite within the college's new simulation laboratory. The 15,000-sq-ft facility will be among the largest and most cutting-edge sim labs in any U.S. nursing school.

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Dr. Judy Didion Named Notable Women in Education Leadership

Dr. Judy Didion, professor and dean of Oakland University's School of Nursing, has been named to Crain's Detroit Business' 2019 list of Notable Women in Education Leadership. Along with other honorees, she is featured in a special section of Crain's September 23 online and print issue. Dr. Didion is a mentor in AACN's MentorLINK program and a member of the Organizational Leadership Network.

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Northwestern State University Sign Agreement for Accelerated Nursing Degree

NSU and Centenary College of Shreveport have formalized an agreement that will allow Centenary graduates who hold a Bachelor of Science degree in biology, chemistry, or related science to pursue a BSN from NSU in an accelerated curriculum. The memorandum of understanding grants Centenary students preferred admission to the BSN Accelerated Curriculum, an intense, fast-paced program that helps students achieve the BSN degree within four semesters. 

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Case Western Reserve University awarded $2.14 million to help family caregivers of cancer patients

Researchers from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University have received a $2.14 million grant from the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study ways to teach family caregivers skills to better care for their patients, as well as their own emotional and physical health.

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Mennonite College of Nursing awarded $2.8 million grant to support underserved patients

The Mennonite College of Nursing (MCN) at Illinois State University has been awarded a $2.8 million Advanced Nursing Education Workforce grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The grant funds efforts to prepare advanced practice nurses to serve rural and underserved settings—especially with primary care.

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University of Buffalo receives $1.35 million grant to expand addictions care

The University at Buffalo School of Nursing has received a 3-year, $1.35 million HRSA grant to increase the number of behavioral health professionals treating opioid and other substance use disorders in Western New York. UB will partner with nine local primary and behavioral health care sites to launch the Opioid Workforce Expansion Program (OWEP), an interdisciplinary, state-of-the-art addictions training program.

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University of Maryland Receives $500,000 Gift
The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) has received a $500,000 gift from Mary Catherine Bunting, MSN ’72, CRNP, RN, to continue the work of UMSON’s Community and Public Health Environmental Initiative (CPHEI), which provides health oversight for children and families served by Baltimore City Early Head Start and Head Start centers. CPHEI is a collaborative effort with the Maryland Family Network to improve overall health and environmental health for children from birth until age five through programs that support their mental, social, and emotional development.

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University of South Alabama Receives $1.4 Million HRSA Grant

The University of South Alabama College of Nursing has received a $1.3 million HRSA grant to recruit and train psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners, students, nurse professionals, and other professionals. Funding will be used to support opioid and substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery services in high-need areas.

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Sr. Rosemary Donley Recognized as Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania

Sr. Rosemary Donley, Professor at Duquesne University, is one of eight women honored by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf as a 2019 Distinguished Daughters of Pennsylvania.

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New Dean at University of Wyoming

Dr. Sherrill Smith has been selected as dean of the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing in the University of Wyoming’s (UW) College of Health Sciences. Dr. Smith currently serves as full professor in the College of Nursing and Health at Wright State University (OH). She will begin her new role at UW August 1. Current Dean Mary Burman will be step back into the UW nursing faculty. Dr. Burman has served as dean of the School of Nursing since 2007.

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University of Rochester receives $1 million to enhance academic experience

The University of Rochester has received a $1 million Higher Education Capital Matching Grant from New York State to enhance the academic experience and serve additional students at the School of Nursing. The grant will help fund a $5 million expansion to the Loretta C. Ford Education Wing of Helen Wood Hall to create new teaching and learning space.

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Indiana University School of Nursing receives Nearly $2 million NIH grant
Two faculty members from Indiana University School of Nursing have been award a $2 million grant from NIH to develop nurse scientists dedicated to looking for new ways to manage serious chronic diseases. The program will train nurses who have completed their master’s or PhD in nursing with an interest in conducting scientific research and reporting their findings.

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University of Memphis Loewenberg College of Nursing awarded $2.7 million grant from HRSA
The University of Memphis Loewenberg College of Nursing has been awarded a $2.7 million grant from HRSA’s Advanced Nursing Education Workforce (ANEW) Program. The grant was awarded to Dr. Anita Boykins, principle investigator, for the proposed Family Nurse Practitioner-Health Education & Access for Rural Tennesseans program, which will address the shortage of primary care and mental health professionals and improve health disparities for medically underserved populations in rural West Tennessee. 

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Sacred Heart University Receives $2.4-million Grant from HRSA

Sacred Heart University has received a $2.4-million grant from HRSA for the College of Nursing's new project called Alternatives to Opioids for Pain (ALTOP). ALTOP is being funded under the Advanced Nursing Education Workforce Program that supports academic clinical partnerships to prepare nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and nurse midwives for work in rural and underserved communities.

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The University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions Awarded $2.5M from HRSA

The University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions has been awarded a federal grant of nearly $2.5 million over 4 years from HRSA to develop an innovative academic-practice partnership for preparing Family Nurse Practitioner or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner students for practice with rural and medically underserved population

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Saint Martin’s University Receives 2.5M from Foundation

The Bruno and Evelyne Betti Foundation has made a commitment of $2.8 million to Saint Martin’s University to support the creation of dedicated facilities for the University’s nursing programs. The foundation’s commitment includes $2.5 million to cover the costs of the remodel and $300,000 to establish an endowment in support of nursing scholarships. In addition, Saint Martin’s Abbey has made a gift of $750,000 to support the renovation. This totals $3.5 million raised to ensure the success of the University’s nursing program.

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University of Alabama Advancing NP Education through 4-Year HRSA Grant

Through a four-year, $2.8 million HRSA grant, the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing is advancing nurse practitioner education to expand the preparation of primary care NPs. The grant is tailored to serving persons in rural and underserved communities.

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University of Wyoming Receives $1 Million Gift To Support Mental Health

The University of Wyoming Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing has been gifted $1 million by the McMurry Foundation to support mental health education and outreach. The gift will be instrumental in creating new resources for the school and the state.

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Samford University receives $3.5M Nurse Practitioner Residency Grant

Samford University’s Ida Moffett School of Nursing will receive a 4-year, $3.5 million HRSA grant to place nurse practitioner graduates in rural, underserved areas for primary-care residency. The grant is the largest in Samford University’s history.

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University of Maryland School of Nursing Faculty Members Awarded Over $2.4 Million

Four University of Maryland School of Nursing faculty members have been awarded Nurse Support Program II grants totaling more than $2.4 million. The grants aid in increasing nursing capacity in Maryland by implementing statewide initiatives to grow the number of nurses prepared to serve effectively in faculty roles, thereby increasing the number of students who can be enrolled in Maryland nursing schools and subsequently increasing the number of qualified nurses across the state.

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New Interim Dean at Florida State University's College of Nursing

Dr. Laurie Grubbs has been appointed Interim Dean at Florida State University’s (FSU) College of Nursing, effective July 1. A College of Nursing alumna and Professor Emerita, Dr. Grubbs spent 35 years as a faculty member in the FSU College of Nursing, including two years as associate dean from 2014 to 2016.

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Dr. Victoria Niederhauser Named Endowed Dean's Chair
Dr. Victoria Niederhauser, Dean of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Nursing, has been named to the Sara Rosenbalm Croley Endowed Dean’s Chair. The $2 million endowment is a reflection of Dr. Niederhauser’s service to the college and the university.  

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Penn State Awarded HRSA Grant
Penn State's College of Nursing and its collaborators have been awarded a $3,750,000 grant from HRSA to support medically underserved regions throughout rural Pennsylvania. This funding will support the development of educational programming and training for rural-based healthcare providers and caregivers, enabling them to deliver more age-friendly care. 

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Saginaw Valley State University Receives HRSA Grant to Fight Opioid Epidemic

A federal grant will allow Saginaw Valley State University to fight the opioid epidemic by equipping healthcare providers with the right tools. The school is receiving a 4-year, $2.8 million grant from HRSA to educate 100 nurse practitioners who are in the university's psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner post-graduate certificate program.

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The University of Illinois at Chicago's College of Nursing Partners with Health Centers on a $3.3M HRSA Grant

The University of Illinois at Chicago's College of Nursing is partnering with Erie Family Health Centers on a $3.3 million HRSA grant for health care improvements in underserved communities. The project will create a one-year post-graduate fellowship program called AdvancingPractice for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses.

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University of Southern Indiana’s Awarded Multiple Grants

The University of Southern Indiana’s (USI) College of Nursing and Health Professions has received just under $5.4 million in competitive federal funding to improve health outcomes for underserved populations in southwestern Indiana. USI received two new grants from HRSA: a $3.7 million grant to implement the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program and a $1.7 million grant to develop a nurse practitioner residency program serving underserved communities.

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